Friday, February 26, 2010

Happy Friday and a summary of the ladies free

If you watched the ladies free program last night you witnessed six girls from very different backgrounds and with very different stories compete. Kim Yu-Na from South Korea won gold after scoring a world record 228.56. Her perfomance appeared to be flawless and she moved and skated with the maturity of someone much older. Pressuring her and maybe motivating her was a country that expressed it would not congratulate a 2nd place medal. Then the Canadian, Joannie Rochette, had to finish this event after skating a flawless short program fueled by the emotion of losing her mother only two days prior. She skated a fully deserving bronze medal performance and should be proud of herself. She only made a few mistakes in the free. Mao Asada, the firey Japanese skater, had to skate after these two stunning performances and nervousnes set in as she made a few mistakes but was still able to land both triple axels making her the first woman to land three triple axels in one event handily giving her the second place spot. Miki Ando who is known to be a good technical skater had an uninspired program with mistakes placing her in fifth. The American girls had a good showing. Mirai Nagasu skated beautifully and should be proud of her fourth place finish. Once her program becomes more technically challenging she will become a major threat in the world arena. Rachel Flatt delivered a smooth program, but some of her jumps were cheated and she lacks the elegance and grace on the ice as her competitors and she finished seventh. What were your thoughts on the ladies programs?

Some links:

Custom stamps of your house.

A cookbook that includes stories of hollywood royalty and beat poets.

Outfit and accesories that will cure the winter blues.

J.Crew catalogue features everyday women.

A very french Fall line.

Express: Spring trends

Express is either hit or miss, but occasionally they combine their sexy look with trends I love. Ruffles, floral prints, and denim are three trends I want to stock my closet with.
Dress, $59.50

Shirt, $49.50

Skirt, $49.50

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wedding style

I have a lot of weddings coming up, and I can't help but think of party dresses. I would love to wear a dress close to this color and style with black accessories to a May wedding. Don't forget a good gift too.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Outfit inspiration

This outfit featured on Stockholm Streetstyle has inspired me to create something with a colorful scarf and a blazer. It may appear on Shop My Closet later in the week.

Interior inspiration: Swedish home

Lots of art, lots of books, and lots of shoes. This sounds like my kind of place. It kind of makes me want to devote an entire wall in my room to shoes.

(Found on the Style Files)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

L.L. Bean Signature

I am really excited about L.L. Bean's signature line. Usually I find their clothes to be a little too old for me, but that shirt dress is really cute. And I wouldn't mind picking up that gorgeous cream sweater or the brown tote. And for men they were pre-selling the waxed canvas Maine Hunting Shoe, but they are already all sold out until the launch on March 15.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Vintage style blogger

I first saw this outfit and photography blogger, The Snail and the Cyclopse, via Katie on the Neo-Traditionalist. Since then I have been obsessed with her vintage style and artistic photos. These images especially make me feel ready for spring and the slight heat wave we had over the weekend (47 degrees). Don't worry, snow is on it's way.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Happy Weekend!

I have been pretty distant this week. I haven't been doing as much commenting lately and responding to yours. I promise I will have more time next week. Thanks for following along. Have a good weekend!

(Photo by Jamie, from me to you)

US Figure Skating

I am going to be a big dork and talk about figure skating for a second so bare with me. I was happy to find out that American Evan Lysacek beat Russian Yevgeny Plushenko. The last American man to win an Olympic Gold in figure skating was Brian Boitano in 1988. Between then and now, men's figure skating, just like pairs, has been dominated by Russian skaters so it's nice to see an American win. There is some controversy over the win because Plushenko landed a quadruple and Lysacek didn't even attempt one. However, Lysacek skated cleanly and with the whole package. He didn't only have clean jumps but also tight centered spins, good artistry, and connecting steps. Ever since I was younger and started competing it has always been about the complete package. To me that is classic figure skating. So I think Lysacek's win was fair. Feel free to put in your two cents over the debate and let me know if you are going to watch the ladies short and free this week.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentine's Day

I am not confused. I know that Valentine's Day is over, but for me it's not. Tonight we are celebrating the infamous holiday by going to one of our favorite restaurants. I hate the idea of fighting with crowds and reservations on the actual day. This way is much more relaxed. Despite all of my dreaming of spring outfits, I had to wear something practical for this weather so I chose a black shirt dress with red tights. The tights I am wearing are more of a muted burgundy, but you get the idea. I found some other black and red items that would be fun for a date night.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Doc Martens

These ladies in their Doc Martens make me want a pair. They can really rock the winter style.

(Photos via Stockholm Streetstyle and Cocorosa)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I want glasses...

Maybe one day when I have geriatric eyes I will be able to wear these cute frames. All of you people who wear glasses are so lucky! I love her messy bun too!

(As seen on Jak and Jil)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

So obviously Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and I have been seeing some pretty cute gifts lists and ideas for Valentines on other blogs so I thought I would share this sweet story my sister, Maria told me about her fiancĂ© Peter. He surprised her with an early wedding/Valentine’s Day gift.

From our Gchat:

“So Peter and I went to the bookstore, and I saw this book by an author who had only written one book, but I LOVED so I was going to get it and peter said ‘um...please don’t’ because he had bought it for me as a wedding gift. So then he said he could give it to me for Valentine’s Day instead. So then I got it, and it turned out he had called the bookstore in Michigan and had the author sign it for me with the inscription ‘For Maria, Congratulations on your marriage, Elizabeth Kostova 2010’”

How sweet is that? If you knew my sister you would understand. She is like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. All she wants is a library full of boos. The book is The Swan Thieves if you are interested.

Also, the image above is from a book shop in San Francisco that filled its store front with love letters. Check it out on Design Sponge.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Glamour's Best Dressed Reader

Hey! I have some exciting news. Today, I am one of Glamour's Best Dressed Readers. Check it out here!

Cooking for one

So I dont want you to get the wrong idea from the title of this post. I am not hinting that I have recently broken up with my boyfriend or that I have comitted myself to a liftetime of solitude. I have, however, tried cooking meals for myself using recipes that are for servings of six and have felt the frustration of a ton of leftover food and, worst of all, food being thrown away. I enjoy good food, and do not want to resort to a microwavable meal or ramen noodles everytime I am cooking for myself. The nice thing about The Pleasure of Cooking for One, by editor for Julia Childs, Judith Jones, is that it has good meals with the right proportions or ideas how the leftovers can be used. Go to to order and to see a recipe from the book. Oh and Ms. Jones also has a blog.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fashion story

I love when a magazine editorial can take me to another place. These images I found a little while ago tell a story. The story is up to the viewer. Kind of like when you look at a piece of art in a museum, fashion is sometimes left up to interpretation.The ideas in fashion aren't always as abstract and complex as fine art, but the feeling of being transported to a different place or time is similar. I guess the message this ad is trying to portray is luxury and intrigue. If the clothes you wear actually made you feel that way, then I would say you must have some pretty nice clothes or that the company who is making them is doing their job.

And besides the feeling this ad campaign or editorial gives me, I am also smitten with the clothes in the image. Which obviously is the whole point.

Blazer from Urban Outfitters, $78

Cashmere sweater from Neiman Marcus, $100

Skirt from TopShop, $65

Leg warmers from American Apparel, $16

(Magazine images from le fashion)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Little girl trench coat

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed the action from the Super Bow and took part in the great sales online. Did anyone make any good purchases while watching the game? Please share. I just love the style of this mom and her daughter. The oversize blazer and knee-high boots look so chic on the mom and the daughter's cute ballerina flats, mini trench coat, and pony tail are just perfection. I wish I could look as stylish as she does! haha

(Photo from Stockholm Streetstyle)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Steel Magnolias

This weekend some friends and I committed to watching Steel Magnolias, eating peel your own shrimp, and consuming southern cocktails. I could not be more excited. Hope you have something fun planned. As for tonight I need to finish printing out the invites to my sister's bridal shower. Wish me luck! Last night I ran out of ink.

Some things that caught my eye:

Is it too late to change my mind about exchanging gifts for V-day?

I want this girl's cool LA style.

A guide to beards. My guy's a Hollywoodian. It's super dreamy.

A romantic photo a museum?

A Halloween costume to keep in mind.

Bike Couture

How pretty are these handlebar bags and seats? They are by Beatrice Holiday and are made out of vintage fabric. These would really spruce up an old bike and make the rider look tres chic. I wish I could ride a bike to work. I guess I will have to build up to riding 35 miles there and back. Ha!

(Found on Design Sponge)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Great grosgrain! A Brooks Brother's Sale

Brooks Brothers had their big sale after Christmas, which made it possible for me to get my boyfriend a gift I know he will be cherishing for a long time. But now, they are having a 70% off online sale, and I wouldn't mind picking up this Tattersall satchel for $74 or this seersucker, pineapple emroidered dress for $50.40.

Fun shoes

These shoes are amazing. Even though the details are kind of wacky, I can imagine so many outfits these shoes could be worn with. And they are very unique. I was kind of surprised to find out these were Steve Maddens. I was even more surprised to find out the store that carries them in Chicago is a store I have purchased accesories at before. One black clutch, to be exact, for a wedding I was attending in the city. Lori's Shoes can be found in Lincoln Park, but there are other locations in Illinois.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

SMC Update

For a shirtdress remixed for winter and a classic black sweater vest with a surprise in the back check out Shop My Closet.

Outfits for Valentine's Day

Here are some outfits I would wear for Valentine's day if I was not on a spending freeze and if I had any clue what our plans are. We can't really plan for days like Valentine's day being in a long-distance relationship (by long distance I mean 120 miles between Pittsburgh and Cleveland). But I think that makes it more fun and much more relaxed. We don't have to put up with lines of people and reservations, and we can just do whatever we feel like doing when we do decide to celebrate, which will probably consist of something we would have done even if it wasn't Valentine's day.

So my outfit picks for any kind of date or special day you have planned consist of fun skirts, floral prints, and frilly shirts paired with cardigans and tights of course. It's not quite warm enough for some of these looks.

Do you have anything more interesting planned?

(Images from Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and J.Crew)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lesson learned: Classic versus trendy

I can't believe I have been through an entire month without buying any clothes. I have had no impulse buys, and I haven't walked into a Forever 21 since before Christmas. I am pretty excited. I feel liberated. I am not thinking about the next trendy piece I need to add to my wardrobe, and I have been able to be more creative in shopping my own closet. I have been forced to find new outfits, and I am surprised at the new creations I have come up with. I am starting to think and day dream of what my first purchase will be after my three-month spending freeze is up. I am of course thinking of something practical and classic that will last a long time. I could really use a new pair of black pumps that can be worn to both work and out with my friends. Does anyone have any recommendations? Are there a pair of black pumps you can't live without?

(Photo from Fashion Gone Rogue)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ready for spring? I am

I love pairing a cute dress with a long sleeve top so the dress can be worn on a regular basis instead of just for special occasions. I also just love that pop of color scarf and her hair is just darling.

(Photo from J.Crew Spring 2010 LookBook on Everything Fabulous)

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

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